Manchester City v Aston Villa

Manchester City v Aston Villa


Etihad Campus
Sunday 22 May 2022 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Impacted area(s)

Manchester city centre, Beswick, Clayton, Gorton, Openshaw, Ashton

Manchester City face Aston Villa in the final game of the season on Sunday 22 May (kick-off 4pm).

If you're travelling to watch the fixture our key advice is:

  • Based off previous matches at the Etihad, Alan Turing Way, Pottery Lane, Ashton Old Road and Mancunian Way all had an additional 12 minutes journey time 90 minutes prior to kick off. Please consider leaving the car at home or re-routing your journey to avoid the congested areas.
  • If you are driving to the Etihad Stadium, please do not forget that the Greater Manchester Runis also taking place. Please consider travelling via M60 to junction 24 or junction 23, rather than travelling via the M56 and Mancunian Way, which may be very busy due to road closures.
  • City centre Metrolink stops and services on the Ashton line will run to a 12-minute frequency and be busier prior to kick-off. This means you may need to queue before you board a service. Consider setting off a little earlier for a more comfortable journey.


A fast and frequent tram service runs straight to the stadium’s dedicated tram stop Etihad Campus on the Ashton line. You can purchase a zone 1+2 ticket which will cover your journey there and back from the city centre for £3.50.

Based on previous midweek fixtures - as well as city centre stops - the following stops have also been busier on matchdays:

  • Altrincham
  • Chorlton

Consider using St Peter's Square or Piccadilly Station to board a service. The journey from Manchester Piccadilly Station to the stadium takes less than 10 minutes.

After the game, trams will not serve Holt Town and Velopark until crowds have cleared from the Etihad Campus stop.


We encourage passengers to pay via contactless especially for events, to beat the queue at the ticket machines. If you decide to pay for your ticket this way, please remember that the ticket you are purchasing is for one adult only. It is not possible to touch-in and out for multiple tickets.

If you are travelling with children, a child or family travelcard will need to be purchased from the ticket machine.

Park and Ride

If you do need to drive to the match, we recommend using one of our Park and Ride sites where you can park for free and then complete your journey to the stadium on the tram.

Two Park and Ride sites are conveniently located close to M60 Junction 23.

From these stops the journey time to the stadium is less than 25 minutes.


Journey times will increase on Mancunian Way (eastbound), Ashton New Road, Ashton Old Road, Hyde Road and Alan Turing Way two hours before the match.

Heavy congestion has been identified on key routes such as Great Ancoats Street and Whitworth Street where drivers can expect an additional 10 minutes added to their journey.

A strictly-enforced resident parking scheme is in place on the streets around the ground, which is made clear through on-street signage.

Several roads around the stadium may be closed for approximately 20 minutes after the match to allow pedestrians to leave.

Official car parks

Supporters should be aware that all official car park spaces have to be booked in advance. Please visit the Manchester City website for further information.

Bus services

On match day, the 216 is the most frequent service which runs directly to the stadium. You'll find the service at the north side of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre.

The 53, 76, 217, 219, 230 and 231 bus services also serve the Etihad Stadium, most within a short stroll of the ground.

Previously average delays of 20 minutes have been reported on bus services due to congestion around the Etihad stadium. In addition to this, after the match average delays of up to 12 minutes caused by congestion were seen on Rochdale Road.

Consider allowing yourself a little extra time if you are intending to catch a service.

At the end of the game, shuttle buses head towards Manchester city centre. They will be lined up on Ashton New Road opposite the South Stand.


The ground is also only a Metrolink ride (10 minutes) from Piccadilly Station in the city centre or a short walk away (20 minutes).

For tram services, just take the stairs down from the main concourse area at Piccadilly Station.

Please remember to plan your journey in advance of the date by checking on the National Rail Website.

You can keep up to date on the latest Rail updates by following @nationalrailenq on Twitter.


The Etihad Stadium is easily accessed on foot from all local areas so you may want to consider walking and getting those steps in!

We are encouraging everyone who is within a 30-minute walk of the stadium to make their journey to the match on foot

There is a safe, well-lit and signposted walking route from Manchester Piccadilly Station to the stadium.

Follow the Etihad Campus banners and ‘City Link’ signs to the ground, with the walk taking approximately 25 minutes. Click here for the walking map.

Useful Links

We have brought together some links that can help plan your journey